Moms, what surprised you most about labor and delivery?
The intensity of the pain.
The lack of control I had in many of my hospital births - over many things.
The amount of love I felt for my babies.
The freedom I had with my home births. How relaxing my home births were, with the exception of my last one which was in between due to the midwife's assistant being present.
How wrong every labor and delivery episode of TV shows are. Oh the lies...
How easy it is to let the pain scare you, which makes everything worse.
How much I really really really wanted to take a shower afterwards
How not hungry I was
How fast 21 hours went by
How comfortable I was being naked around strangers - seriously, just get me in the tub so I can clean up, I don't care who sees me naked anymore.
How good it felt once she was out and in my arms
my husband's near fainting condition
*The amount of fluid that actually comes out of you when your water breaks. It was scary. like bucketloads. Seriously.
*How little you care about modesty - I had student nurses coming and going and I didn't care what they were seeing I just wanted that baby out of me lol.
*How natural it felt to be a mother
*How fast you forget about the pain you went through..
How great my Husband was the whole time (didn't faint at the end!)
Finally getting to see my little guy
Lo instantly being whisked away to the NICU
A doctor sitting next to me telling me all the things that "concerned" him about my perfect baby. Absolute worst moment ever.
*The support from all friends and family.
*How different each labor and delivery is.
*How much love overwhelms after delivery.
*Seeing my husbands smile.
I was so scared, even now with baby number three. I am always worried of the risks of "what if" It will all be worth it in the end.
With my second labor what surprised me most was how long it took! 16 hours! My first was 12!! I had heard over and over how they are suppose to go faster, lol.
With my third was how much the word "c-section" can scare the crap out of you!
With my fourth it was how fast babies can come (I was in labor for 1 hour and 38 minutes, start to finish)!
With my fifth was how much I could control my reactions to the pain. I didn't want to do my normal uncontrolled "go with what you feel" because that often involved yelling and since we decided to let out 6 year old be there, I did not want to scare her!
I hated having my water break... I was sleeping in the hospital bed and I already had IVs in and couldn't get out of bed so they change my sheet once and then said it was going to keep coming so I had to try to sleep in a watery gooey mess.
After getting the pain medicine and the epidural labor was super easy for me and I felt no pain what-so-ever.
I was shocked at my random humor during my delivery and how quick the process happened.
Seeing my slimy baby on my chest I didn't know what to think about him.
Seeing my baby boy after he was cleaned up .... my heart has never felt bigger!!!!
The shakes my body went through when I was coming off of the epidural ... I felt like I couldn't control myself.
After the epidural wore off and I had a short nap I felt 100% back to normal and just wanted to get around and walk and carry my baby and do things.
Every labor and delivery episode of A Baby Story are so wrong.
How good it felt once she was out and in my armsI couldn't believe how strong I really was. Before giving birth I thought of myself as a petite weakling but after childbirth I feel like I can do anything.
That even at 8cm there was no pain, just the occasional rolling pressure.
How the births you always see on TV in no way seemed to relate to my own labor.
How much getting an IV put in HURT.
How the overall experience was really easy, though I'm sure it would have finally hurt when it came time to push, if not for the epidural lol